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Organization & Management

Who We Are

We are a membership of people from a variety of backgrounds. We share a common interest in continuing learning experiences and intellectual stimulation. There are no tests or grades. Members participate purely for the joy of learning.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at William & Mary is a business unit under William & Mary Auxiliary Services and is self-supporting. Our courses and activities are planned and operated by volunteers and staff. We design our own curriculum. We arrange for volunteer instructors from William & Mary faculty (current and retired), from our own membership, and from the community at large.

Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute also provides an opportunity for a variety of social interactions. Class breaks offer members a chance to greet old friends and make new ones over coffee, tea, and cookies.

How We Are Managed

We are managed by a director, staff, and an advisory council (all of whom are members of the program). The Vice-President serves a three-year term (as Vice-President the first year, then President for the second, and becomes the Immediate Past President the final year). All advisory council members are elected for three-year terms, with either five or six of the board positions expiring each year. Advisory council members are elected at the annual Members Meeting each spring.